Lars Ulrich

Musician and Drummer

Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer, and one of the founding members of the American heavy metal band Metallica. He was born in Gentofte, Denmark to an upper-middle class family. A tennis player in his youth, Ulrich moved to Los Angeles, California at age sixteen to pursue his training; though rather than playing tennis, he became a drummer. After publishing an advertisement in a local Los Angeles newspaper called The Recycler, Ulrich met James Hetfield and formed Metallica.… Read More

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1963 Birth Born on December 26, 1963.
1973 9 Years Old In February 1973, Ulrich's father obtained five passes for five of his friends to a Deep Purple concert that was being held in the same Copenhagen stadium as one of his tournaments. … Read More


1980 16 Years Old Ulrich originally intended to play tennis, and he moved to America in 1980.
1981 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In the documentary, Anvil: The story of Anvil, Ulrich states that witnessing a Y&T show was his defining moment in deciding to become a musician. In 1981, Ulrich discovered British heavy metal band Diamond Head. … Read More


1988 24 Years Old Ulrich has been married three times. His first marriage was in 1988 to Debbie Jones, a British woman he met on tour, but they divorced in 1990 due to Ulrich's constant absence during the recording of Metallica. … Read More


1997 33 Years Old His second marriage was to Skylar Satenstein, an emergency medicine physician, from 1997 to 2004. … Read More
1998 34 Years Old Between 1998 and 2002, Ulrich tried running a record label, the Music Company. … Read More
2000 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2000, Ulrich became a vocal opponent of Napster and file sharing as Metallica filed a lawsuit against the company for copyright infringement and racketeering.


2004 40 Years Old Following his divorce from Satenstein, Ulrich dated Danish actress Connie Nielsen from mid-2004 until 2012. … Read More
2011 47 Years Old He made his acting debut in the HBO original film Hemingway & Gellhorn, which began filming in March 2011 and was released on 28 May 2012. … Read More
2012 48 Years Old Ulrich has been criticised for being a poorly skilled drummer by some fans and media and for diminished performance over the years. Ulrich said in a 2012 interview that he "regressed" at drumming; although he exercises regularly to stay fit, he doesn't regularly practice drums "in order to get better." … Read More


2014 50 Years Old 1 More Event
However, in a 2014 interview with radio station KILO 94.3, he felt that Metallica wouldn't have fired Ulrich after all. … Read More
2015 51 Years Old In a 2015 interview, former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy spoke about Ulrich that he has great respect for him not only as a writer but as a businessman, marketeer, composer, and performer.
Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison also spoke highly of Ulrich in a 2016 interview, telling critics to "shut their fucking mouths because Lars Ulrich is probably one of the best and most innovative drummers ever." … Read More
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